Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
April 22, 2022
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Earth Day:

“I join in celebrating Earth Day, when we give thanks for the planet that sustains us and recommit ourselves to the task of protecting our environment and natural ecosystems.  This is a responsibility that falls to each and every one of us and to every nation. Last week, on my return from a visit with our NATO allies, I stopped in Greenland and met with officials there who are on the front lines of the global climate crisis.  That visit confirmed yet again what many of us have already seen here at home in our country.  Glaciers continue to recede, sea levels keep rising, wildfires and droughts get worse, and the weather becomes more extreme year after year.  The impacts of the global climate crisis not only threaten species of plants and animals; they endanger humanity as well.  We owe it to future generations to turn back the tide of carbon pollution and stabilize our planet.  
 
“To achieve those ends, Democrats have used our House Majority to pursue a big and bold agenda for a more sustainable planet.  In parallel with the Biden Administration’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of this decade, House Democrats have passed legislation to promote the nationwide adoption of electric vehicles and clean-energy technologies, to remove toxic chemicals from our air and water, to conserve America’s most threatened natural lands and ecosystems, and to make the biggest investment of any nation in history to address the climate crisis.  At the same time, we’ve supported President Biden’s decision to return our country to the Paris Climate Agreement and reassert American leadership in this global effort.  I also introduced a bill last year to make America a leader in the global push to fight deforestation, and I’m proud to lead the effort in Congress to pass AMAZON21 legislation that will help conserve carbon sinks around the world.
 
“Getting more serious about addressing the climate crisis will not only help us leave a healthier planet to our children; doing so will also make us safer and help us tackle inflation by bringing costs down for American families.  The more we are able to deploy alternative-fuel vehicles and clean-energy technologies, the faster we can wean ourselves off fossil fuels and save consumers from the impacts of Putin’s price hike on gas.  House Democrats are focused on these challenges, and every single House committee under our Majority has been tasked with making it a priority to find innovative solutions to the global climate crisis and to make our economy more sustainable. 
 
“On this Earth Day, let us give thanks for the planet that gives us so much while redoubling our effort to ensure that it can continue to sustain and benefit humanity for generations to come.  This work will not be easy nor quick; but we must give it our all and be ready to make the tough but smart choices that will see it through to success.  As has been often said: ‘There is no Planet B.’”